Musee dOrsay

Impressionists or Prudes?

Simply shocking. That was the reaction when Edouard Manet’s painting ‘Dejeuner sur l’Herbe’ (Luncheon on the Grass) was first unveiled at the Salon des Refuses in 1863. This painting reflected to some extent the new-found leisure time of Paris’s Second Empire society in the last half of the 19th century. […]

Delving into Musee d’Orsay with Alexandra Bonfante-Warren’s book

After the Louvre Museum, the Musee d’Orsay, is perhaps one of Paris’s most popular museums with visitors. Representing French artists and sculptors’ works produced between 1848 to 1914, this unique collection includes many of the Impressionist masters such as Monet and Renoir, but also the Romantic and Realists, the Nabists, […]

A Day at the Museum

A recent trip to a Georgia O’Keefe exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY, reminded me about another thing you have to love about Le Musee d’Orsay in Paris: You can take digital pictures of your favorite paintings. In the old days, flash photography was forbidden in many […]

History of Paris Architecture at the Musee d’Orsay

Needless to say a first visit to Musee d’Orsay will take you straight to the Monets and the Manets, the Renoirs and the Gaugins on the third floor, but during your next visit to the museum, don’t forget to visit the second level which describes much about Paris architecture. There’s […]